Sunday, September 03, 2006

Venetian Beads or Murano Beads

This is a question we get from time to time. Our beads which are produced using the same glass canes as the "Venetian Beads" (Effetre Moretti) but which do not lampworked in Venice or the surrounding Venice area are labeled EU and are produced in the European Union (hence the EU). Today many beadmakers have laboratories just outside Venice due to the outrageously expensive housing and commercial costs in Venice (and the islands which comprise Venice).

The quality and workmanship on these are excellent and make great accent beads because the glass matches perfectly.

Beadmaker houses in Venice also buy and resell these beads to many others (online and offline) who market them as strictly Venetian because they are unaware of the exact origin and perhaps because they never asked the question of the beadmaker in Venice or perhaps because they do not speak the language. We spend a tremendous amount of time in Venice and Murano, working in the homes of our beadmakers so when we give you an origin, it's for sure.

Bottom line, if you see a bead on our site labeled EU and you see the same bead elsewhere represented as Venetian....that seller either does not know the origin of the bead or they are misrepresenting the origin.

We offer these because we can get them in the high volume we require to meet our customer needs and the quality is excellent. Each day in Venice there are fewer beadmakers as a generation retires and young people go to college and choose hotels or computers for a career rather than work over a hot torch all day.

If you have a question about a bead on our site or on another site, email us and we'll give you the scoop. No one knows Venetian Beads better than we do!!!

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